There are three basic elements of survival. They are food, water, and shelter. The order of importance depends on the survival situation. You’ll have to make a quick and correct assessment of the conditions in order to decide which comes first. Naturally, if you end up in a desert, water will be the first thing on your mind. But even though water is most crucial to your body, in most other cases you’ll immediately start thinking about food first. Depending on conditions, shelter can sometimes be more important than food or water (ex; blizzard, environment with nuclear fallout). But let’s just imagine the stores shelves have been looted empty and the starving masses have cleaned out every abandoned home. This scenario has played out many times the world over. It happened in New Orleans, it’s happening in parts of Africa and it could happen in your city! What would you do? How will you feed your family?
With such a fragile system keeping the store shelves stocked with food, it’s absolutely paramount that you not only learn to grow you own food, but that you also learn to forage and be able to identify edible plants in and around your city. Such skills are lost to the current generation so it’s important to learn these skills before SHTF since you’ll likely be the only ones that will know how. We gotta keep this knowledge and wisdom alive!
Setting a trap or snare is a good way to catch game if you have no weapons. A trap is also valuable in situations where you do have a gun or air rifle, but the sound of shooting off a weapon must be avoided. This section will focus on undomesticated wild life such as rats, mice, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, skunks and etc. Domesticated animals can of course be trapped but most cats and dogs will be stuck indoors. Cats can often be found outdoors and so trapping can also apply to them. Continue reading